Red Quinoa & Black Bean Chili


3½ cups plum tomato
10 garlic cloves
2 c sweet Vidalia onion

2 jalepeno peppers
2 c red quinoa, cooked
2½ tbsp chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp high quality cocoa powder
1 ½ tsp paprika
½ tsp granulated sugar
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 fifteen-oz can tomato sauce
1 cup water

1 bottle of high quality dark beer

1 can dark red kidney bean, rinsed and drained
2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1½ c fresh corn

½ c cilantro, chopped
Extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lime
Salt and pepper to taste


Cook quinoa per package instructions and set aside.

Preheat oven to 350.  Cut plum tomatoes into 1-inch cubes and place in mixing bowl.  Add 10 peeled garlic cloves then coat with 2 tbsp olive oil, and salt and pepper to taste.  Mix well then spread evenly on lined baking pan.  Cook for 30 minutes.  Allow to cool.  Separate out garlic and give a rough chop.   Set aside.  Note:  if desired you can slice any larger tomato pieces but they will break down in the chili.  .

Dice onion then seed and mince jalapeño peppers and set aside.  Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large deep pot over medium heat.  Add onion and saute until tender, about 4 minutes Then add tomato and garlic mixture, cooked quinoa, water, tomato sauce, jalapeño, chili powder, cumin, cocoa, paprika, sugar, cayenne and beer.  Season with salt and pepper.

Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer and cover pot and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.

Add in kidney beans, black beans, corn, chopped cilantro, lime juice and zest and cook about 5-10 mins until heated through.  Serve warm topped with avocado chunks and vegan cornbread.  Enjoy!


If mixture gets too thick just thin with water until desired consistency

Be sure to roast tomatoes, so much better than canned!  Always use fresh corn.


2 thoughts on “Red Quinoa & Black Bean Chili

  1. Looks like a lovely recipe. Can you tell me how many this recipe will serve ? I need to make a large batch of chili for a crowd so need to know how many times to multiply this. Thanks


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